Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Brenda Peterson
Illustrator: Wendell Minor
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books
In the San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest, hundreds of people gather each year to listen and sing with pods of orcas. Wild Orca takes this real life event and puts it in the perspective of young Mia. Mia looks each year for Granny, a 105-year-old orca. She wonders if Granny be with the pod this year, and if Granny continues to lead her family. Wild Orca is a sweet story lovers of orcas and the ocean will enjoy.
An interesting combination of fiction and nonfiction features, Wild Orca tells the story of Mia as she waits for the orca Granny. Granny is believed to have been born in 1911 before the Titantic sunk and before both World Wars occured. The end of the book contains more detailed information about Granny, orcas, and how to protect them in the wild. This quaint story will inspire children to learn more about this beautiful endangered species, and how we can protect it.